Crio’s Racing: Australian Steeplechase and Hurdle

Other commitments are hindering a thorough preview for this week’s racing.
For those of us in Melbourne we have an unfamiliar Saturday sojourn out to Sandown for the Australian Steeplechase and Hurdle meeting. It will be a pretty lowkey day but I am nevertheless looking forward to what is always a unique city fixture.
Punters will mostly focus again on Brisbane’s races which include the Eagle Farm Cup (BR3, 2200m, G2, WFA), the Queensland Guineas (BR6, 1400m, G2), the QTC Cup (BR8, 1300m, G2) and the Oaks (BR7, 2400m, G1) in which I’ll have a tiny snip E/W at Just As Cosmic (10).
I’ll keep an eye out for any comments or tips added to the Almanac racing thread.
Good luck!


  1. Looks like a wet track here in SA and Vic so will be basing any selections around whether horses can run in the going. More work needed
    We had a hurdle last week at Morphettville and had it not been for Interstate runners there would not have been many going around
    Crio- article in the Tiser today about Hayes and how he believes he can now match it with the boys in Melbourne now his training base is up and running at Euroa,Time will tell

  2. Hayes has taken a while to get going but is certainly competitive again.
    Just seen that Globe Derby cheats on seats are off so Morphettville must be a risk.

    Get on Kav’s in the first in Stdney.

  3. Awaiting DD’s Derby deliberations.

  4. Crio,

    Morphettville in doubt? I picked up today’s Advertiser and it says a good 3!! They must have printed it last week.

    Still on at this stage but just had some very heavy showers in the last hour.
    There are a few good wet trackers here if it goes ahead.
    Race 2 Monica Kate: likes the wet but needs more ground so the 1250 should be more like a 1400 race.
    Race 5 Peppin Hoaks goes OK 2nd up and ok on the wet.
    Race 7 Lionhearted Girl is a nob in the wet, likes to lead which is a good trait for the inside track and will be very good odds.

    I’m having something on Whateverwhenever in the 5th at Eagle Farm and apart from that my only other big decision for the day will be when to open the bottle of St Hugo that’s sitting on the kitchen bench. At this stage I think that the prime time for that will be around 3 pm.

  5. Jock, I’ve yet to get my head around the 2 tracks at Morphettville – is the inside one “all weather”? (and how did the Bays fare last night?)

  6. Heavy 8 at this morning’s rating

  7. Bay South so the’re gone for the year but they did have a lot of guys out. There may be big changes afoot in the SANFL as the Crows want a seconds team in there next year which would mean all clubs with AFL listed players would lose them to Port or the Crows seconds. I think there are some good financial sweeteners for the SANFL clubs to agree to this happening.

    The inside track at Morphettville is just another turf track but it clearly favours front runners although on a very heavy track that could change. The track is very well drained so it should be OK today.

  8. Q for Oges. G’day Oges, i want some good oil from South Australia. I’m tempted to have a bet on Green Ginger in the last, what do you think of its chances?


  9. Jock you genius – I did not expect racing in SA so missed the good odds for Monica Kate. Hope you got on. That bottle of red is now ready to go!

  10. Crio,

    twisting off the top now. Shame with Lionheatered Girl, cost me the quaddie but still a good day

  11. David Downer says

    Epsom Derby deliberations…

    Looking forward to tonight’s genuinely “time honoured” affair (first run in 1780 qualifies!). Race time is 1am here.

    The equation very simple. If the unbeaten Dawn Approach can stay the trip, he wins. Will start about even money. I backed him on track at Ascot last year in the principal 2yo race (the Coventry Stakes) – so that’s good enough to claim him as “one of mine!”.

    Was streeting away from them in the 2000 Guineas last start (, and his sire New Approach won the Derby in 2008 – but a query on the Dams side from a sprinting family. So until proven, the question mark always remains over horses who are so brilliant over the sprint-middle distances, then having the stamina for the longer trip (that old chestnut).

    O’Brien has five in the race. Presume a couple of these will make the running and test out Dawn Approach in this regard. They don’t seem to have any that stand out re winning chances though.

    There’s some talk of the lightly raced French colt Ocovango being the one who may upset the party. And Germany also have their first ever runner in the race, Chopin, who is also in the market.

    The other Group 1 race of note is the Coronation Cup at 11:40pm over about 2400m featuring old mate Dunaden. Typically, only a five horse field (like Sydney WFA racing circa 1990s?). O’Brien has a couple including the odds-on pop St Nicholas Abbey shooting for his third straight win in this race.

    Happy old dart punting…

  12. Glen- the rain set in yesterday for the second day running (it never rained 2 days straight in SA before – showers the second day maybe) ) so I turned the computer off early didnt have a bet and spent the day watching the Crows get flogged in the wet but unlike Jock didnt get the top off the plonk (s) until our friends came later
    Wish I had listened to Jock re the tips -next time ask the guru of SA racing not the woop from the bush down south
    Your turn to put up with menext week Crio as we have baby sitting duties and daughters birthday in Melbourne for a week

  13. I’m actually in Adelaide right now Oges!!… back for the 10 race cards at MV Wednesday and Flemington on Saturday.

  14. DD Does the Derby!
    You were right about O’Brien’s team tactics undoing the Derby fav.
    Hope you had something on St Nicholas Abbey in the Cup?

  15. David Downer says

    I actually nodded off during the Cup and had to rewind the IQ! No bets for me. Managed to re-awake for the Derby.

    Dawn Approach was finished half a furlong into it. Even before Team O’Brien’s “reverse tactics” of slowing the pace up fornt. DA had been acknowledged as a colt with a good temperament (that may have negated the prevailing distance concerns), but he went off his brain early and never settled at any stage. Can’t remember such a hot pop in a race of that significance who just didn’t want to be there! #crankypants

    So we still don’t really know if he can stay. But maybe that won’t matter, will probably stick to a mile from now on. May line up in the St James Palace at Royal Ascot.

    Replay is here ….oh, the winner was Ruler of The World, another O’Brien trained Galileo…

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